NJ special education teacher keeps her job after slapping student

A New Jersey special education teacher was suspended but will keep her job after slapping an unruly 8-year-old student who hit her in the face.

An appeals panel on Thursday upheld a ruling that Franklin Township teacher Edith Craft be suspended for 240 days without pay and not receive her next raise, according to the Courier News in Somerville, N.J.

The township school board wanted to fire Craft after the 2010 incident, but the state Appellate Division panel affirmed an earlier ruling by the state education commissioner to suspend Craft.

Craft has expressed remorse for slapping the child, but argued that her actions didn’t merit disciplinary action, according to the Courier News. She has been suspended without pay since January 2011 from the central New Jersey district.

School district officials have declined to comment on the case.

Court filings say Craft was trying to get the boy to stand when he slapped her and she slapped him back. He was not injured, according to the Courier News. The boy is identified in the documents only as “D.S.”

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Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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